The Edge (Singapore)
Published 16 December 2011
By Aaron de Silva
The numbers are startling: More than 60% of the companies listed on the Singapore Exchange do not have a single woman represented on their board. In 2010, only 6.9% of all boardroom positions were held by women. This is according to an October 2011 report published by the NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance, lnstitutions and Organizations and BoardAgender (www.boardagender.org), an outreach arm of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations.
Over lunch at theTower Club, BoardAgender co-chair Junie Foo paints a bleak picture of the situation. Compared with many developed and developing countries, Singapore’s track record is dismal, trailing behind Malaysia (7.8%), China (8.1%), Hong Kong (8.6%), Australia (10.1%) and the US (15.7%). This is surprising considering the large pool of well-educated and experienced female talent in the local workforce.
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